Murals, sculptures, decorative paving, and memorials can all be ways of enhancing trails with art.
A photo gallery of murals, sculptures, decorative paving, and memorials.
by Stuart Macdonald, Trail Consultant, American Trails
Art can celebrate history, as sculptures at National Historic Trail sites. Art can also add richness to the historic elements that have been preserved along with trail corridors. Images of former railroads and the urban past have inspired art along rail trails. Some trails wind through industrial areas where murals add interest to walls and bridges. Art can also bring an element of surprise and unexpected elements along the trail route. Art can be a way of involving more of the community in trails, and schools have also taken on an artistic project for a greenway. Here are some selections from the wide variety of artistic installations on trails across America.
Published August 17, 2018
The Plan describes what the Public Art Program’s priorities should be. The Public Art Program will catalyze new projects, provide guidance to projects undertaken by developers and others, and continue community outreach and education around public art.
The Santa Cruz Rail Trail Arts Master Plan is a comprehensive document that illustrates the vision for public art along the future 3.7 mile rail with trail corridor that runs through the City of Santa Cruz, next to the existing railroad line.
The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail commissioned this Art Concept Plan to lay the groundwork for the placement of public art along the Trail. This Plan identifies sites in which art could most effectively be placed, establishes principles for its placement, and explores how art can go beyond familiar conventions to reinforce the identity of the Trail and its surroundings.
A public art master plan is an important piece of the public art program in any municipality. It is an invaluable tool that provides everything from visioning, to expected maintenance costs, to public art selection processes. This plan has the potential to provide support for local artists, strengthen the community and support tourism. Ultimately, this plan can help create a distinct identity for Windsor within the region.